Express Yourself

Our program addresses this craft on many levels from beginners to folks who have approached this art form for years. Our teachers are skilled, experienced, and full of inspiration.

Why bother writing songs?
Creative expression is good for you and good for the universe. Expressing yourself musically and searching for your truths and motivations makes you a more compassionate person and pours positive energy back into the universe.

New to songwriting? Songwriting: Fundamentals is a great place to start.

Songwriting: Fundamentals


Tuesday with Steve Dawson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Own the keys that will unlock the songs within you.

Songwriting: Continuing Work


Tuesday, Saturday or Sunday with Steve Dawson or Deanna Devore

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Expand the range of your self-expression through songs.

Finish Your Damn Songs!


Monday with Charles Kim

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Get motivated and achieve fruition.

Beginning Music Theory


Monday with Cathy Norden

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Learn the fundamentals for any instrument or singer.

Music Theory: Continuing Work


This class is offered on a rotating basis with Beginning Music Theory If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Private Lesson Options

Our private lessons like our group classes run in 8-week sessions, however, you can begin private lessons during any week in the session. Please call our customer service folks at 773.728.6000 to register as private lesson availability is based upon individual teacher schedules.

Lessons are scheduled weekly, for 30, 45 or 60 minutes, and are available every day of the week at our Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park locations. Our experienced and professional faculty will work with you to develop an individualized program that helps you achieve your musical goals.

Stop in at either location or call the front desk at 773.728.6000 to register.

8-week Session Prices

$288 for 30 minutes ($278 for members)

$416 for 45 minutes ($401 for members)

$536 for 60 minutes ($516 for members)

Session & Registration Dates

8-week lessons: 10/29/2018 – 12/23/2018

Monday 09/24/18: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 10/08/18: Transfer registration

Wednesday 10/10/18: Open registration

8-week lessons: 01/07/2019 – 03/03/2019

Monday 11/19/18: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 12/03/18: Transfer registration

Wednesday 12/05/18: Open registration


Click for teacher profiles and schedules

Liz Chidester »
Ukulele, Wiggleworms, Voice, Piano

Steve Dawson »
Guitar, Songwriting

Deanna Devore »
Guitar, Songwriting

Charles Kim »
Bass, Composition, Guitar, Songwriting, Ukulele

Shelley Miller »
Guitar, Songwriting, Ukulele, Wiggleworms Program

Jacob Sweet »
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Songwriting, Ukulele